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Hitachino Nest Commemorative Ale - Kiuchi Brewery

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218 Ratings
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Ratings: 218
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 11
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Japan

Style | ABV
Eisbock |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: czechsaaz on 12-24-2007

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, mellow citrus hops and coriander, with a faint gingerbread like malt. In the taste, a mellow gingerbread like malt with an orange citrus hop, coriander, and some other spices to make it come alive. A slight bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry orange citrus hop in the aftertaste. Nice hops, spice, and mellow malt.

Photo of Yorr
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of JohnnyMc
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First ever beer from Japan that I have tried.

Pours out a fairly dark orange with hints of ruby red and a nice 2 finger off-white fluffy head.

The aroma is heavy on the coriander and citrus notes with hints of malt and yeast.

The taste is dominated by the coriander and citrus notes and then those fade to a slightly sweet malty character and then that fades into a nutmeg/cinnamon with spicy characteristics. All the flavor are pleasant, but they don't seem to mix/blend together which is a little odd.

Overall, a very nice beer for this style and I'll have to pick up more from this brewery.

Photo of PatrickSwayze
2.73/5  rDev -27%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a light orange with a haggard foggy brown tent to it. Not the prettiest looking beer

S: Orange peel rolls into your nose like a blistering freight train

T: Orange peal mixed with ginger followed by a light hint of vanilla bean and finally apple spice . Not sure if it really works together, as the flavors seem to detract from each other. On paper it sounds good but not really a well rounded beer.

M:  Full bodied with a medium dry finish. Nice carbonation

O: This beer was one of those that had such potential but kind of fell short. It is worth a  try but kind of unimpressive

Photo of tellish33
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very hazy golden yellowish orange in color with some fine particles visible floating in suspension and a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high dense off white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and coating the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderate enticing aromas of orange peel in the nose along with some hints of coriander spices.
T: The taste has flavors of cantaloupe melons and orange peel along with hints of nutmeg and vanilla beans.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Although the alcohol was well hidden from the taste, this is an interesting beer that is probably better off as one to be sipped.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle into tulip, bottle code of NY.11.11(presumably November 2011?). Pours hazy reddish orange color with a nice 1-2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some slight spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big bubblegum, coriander, orange peel, banana, cinnamon, pepper, wheat, caramel, vanilla, biscuit, and yeast spices. Very nice aromas here with good strength and complexity. Taste of big banana, bubblegum, pepper, coriander, cinnamon, caramel, clove, nutmeg, orange zest, wheat, biscuit, and yeast spices. Slight spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, banana, bubblegum, pepper, orange zest, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Great balance of flavors with good complexity. Medium carbonation and body; with a nice creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Very easy to drink for 8%; with hardly any alcohol warming noticed on the finish. Overall this is a great spiced amber ale. A lot of great flavors that have nice complexity and balance.

Photo of deapokid
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Vylo
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Commemorative Ale 2011.

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a one finger head of fair cream, decent thickness, and pretty good retention for the ABV. Colour is a nontransparent light grapefruit red. Generally appealing - it's beer.

Sm: Bright fruit, clean malts, some toasted or caramelized malt, spices, cream, chestnut, caramel, perhaps plum, and hints of floral hops. A mild to moderate strength aroma.

T: Caramelized and toasted malts, subdued fruit notes - none of them distinct, chestnut, hints of floral hops, and varied bright clean malts. Decently balanced but lackluster and a bit scattershot. Built okay. No alcohol comes through, an impressive feat. Indistinct. I don't detect vanilla bean even when I search for it.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with adequate thickness and carbonation. Complements the flavours generally, but doesn't feel tailored to them.

Dr: Drinkable but not impressive. I like it but I wouldn't have it again, especially at import prices. I imagine it's quite well-priced in Japan, but here it's too much for its limited quality.

High C+

Photo of PG2G
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of ToddT
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Light orange amber colored liquid topped with a medium off white head. The head fades quickly to a ring and leaves a little lace on the glass.

S- Sweet malt, caramel, clove, spice, and orange.

T- Notes of orange and ginger balanced out with a nice malt and caramel backbone. Finish is semisweet and dry.

M- Medium in body and carbonation. It has a nice clean finish and is refreshing.

O- A nice surprise, I wasn't sure what I was getting into with this one and it was really good. The 9.0% ABV was equally surprising I didn't notice it at all. If you run across this one try it.

Photo of Hanzo
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.44/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow to light orange with a half finger tall beige head. Head reduces quickly to a thing ring of bubbles at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Very soft, not an intense aroma. Orange, ginger, vanilla, floral notes, coriander, and some sweet malts are present.

T: Light hint of alcohol is observed. Flavors are dominated by zesty orange and spices - ginger, coriander, cinnamon, and vanilla. The finish is grassy and earthy.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

O: Not as spicy as I was thinking it might have been - the spices are more subtle and that improves the enjoyment of this beer. Very interesting flavor profile but slightly lacking in the nose. Glad that I tried this beer which is a good example of the style.

Photo of donmonkey1
2.83/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance: Cloudy brown with an enormous head. It recedes at a nice rate but must be poured slowly. Nice lacing from the frothy tan head. There appears to be good carbonation but it's hard to see through the murky head.

Smell: Raisins, caramel, sweet malt.

Taste: Cloves, corriander, some type of sweet and sour fruit.

To be fair, I think this is probably a good, well made beer, but I just don't like it at all. It's got some spices I can't identify and I don't care because I'll never drink this beer again unless it's all I have. I have had a lot worse beers though.

Photo of bluHatter
5/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My bottle was labelled "Commemorative Ale 2009". One would expect it to be a little past its prime, but that was not the case.

A: Pours as almost 100% big bubbly head, which slowly melts into a bright red/amber color. Lots of bubbles, but mine didn't gush as others have reported.

S: Old wooden cask, musky flowers, spice... wow there's a lot here. Phenomenal.

T: Dry oak, red rice, sweet malts and vinegar. Extremely unique flavor, really brilliantly balanced. The wood notes are so vivid they bring a tear to the eye.

M: Perfect carbonation. Medium bodied. Brilliant.

O: Kiuchi Brewery does it again. I am blown away by this ale, even 3 years after its prime. The only problem is that now my store has run out, and I doubt they will get it again. So sad!

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This gusher was poured into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance- A hazy, marigold body with darker highlights has quite the impressive head. It is a white and mountainous, two-finger scoop of dense foam.

Smell- The nose is very soft for a spiced beer. All I am really getting are some oranges and biscuit malt. Maybe the ginger and vanilla will be on the palate?

Taste- That orange hits the palate right away, thankfully, it is paired with some ginger. It builds more spice as the drink progresses, cinnamon and coriander mainly.

The finish is a little too boozy for my tastes, earthy and spicy. The nice sweetness is gone at this point.

Mouth feel- The body feels just fine, a solid medium. And it does go over the tongue pretty smooth. The main complaint here is it is a little caustic from the boozy finish.

Overall- The spices used should make for an interesting, and good beer. However, they are a little too all over the place, and do not end up complimenting each other very well.

Maybe the vanilla that this beer was brewed with would have served to even things out, but it is nowhere in this beer.

The sweetness of the drink should not die so quickly. I also did not appreciate how dominating the booziness was in the finish.

Photo of likeemdark
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of mrip
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of justintcoons
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

GUSHER ALERT!!!
Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a cloudy burnt orange with 3 fingers of fluffy head that dissipates extremely slow. Good lacing and moderate carbonation.

N: Banana, orange juice, hints of coriander and strawberry. There's also a subtle funk and a hint of nutmeg.

T: Strawberry banana upfront along with orange cream flavors and some funk. More orange cream mid-palate along with some lemon zest and grassy noble hops. Finishes with some beautiful funk notes of barnyard, hay, grass, earth and peppercorn. There's also some lingering hints of cinnamon, nutmeg and possibly ginger.

M: Medium bodied, creamy, smooth, spicy and refreshing.

O: The spice notes are not as pronounced as I expected which is nice. Beautiful blanket of Belgian funk really takes over and I love that. Strawberry, banana and citrus notes are huge. Finishes similar to a funky Saison. Complex with no alcohol presence.

Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as an amber color with a cream colored head on top. The smell of the beer was a little on the spicy side with some sweet malts shining through. The taste of the beer has some nice herbal flavors that I found pretty interesting. The mouthfeel was well balanced and was drinkable with a good carbonation. Overall this beer was pretty good, it's one that I would be interested revisiting.

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Warehouse Beverage. The label identifies this as being a 2011 vintage ale.

Poured into a small chalice from a short, squat 330 ml bottle. Pours a reddish-orange color, with a minimal white head that quickly dissipates. The color nicely catches the light, giving it a gem-like appearance.

Has a spicy-sweet aroma, with cinnamon, banana, nutmeg and corriander. A mild malt gives it a bit of a bready smell as well.

Whoa, this is one spicy mama! Aromatic, this is as much a tea as it is a beer. Nutmeg, corriander, allspice, banana, and vanilla creme combine for a very flavorful brew. There is a bit of an acidic, bitter-dry finish, like from the pith of an orange. Finishes, in fact, a bit like a wassail.

Medium bodied with a dry finish, the sweetness of this does begin to tax the feel a bit.

A sweet, aromatic brew, this is one time I'm glad Hitachino Nest comes in a small bottle. While I enjoyed this ale quite a bit, a little bit of this intense beer goes a long way.

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Caterwaul
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Hitachino Nest Commemorative Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.